MICHAEL ANTHONY LONG, M.Div.
Michael Anthony Long was born in Louisburg, NC and is a resident and native of Greensboro, NC. He began his preaching ministry as a Licensed Minister at the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro. Pastor Long studied Engineering Physics and Secondary Education at North Carolina A&T State University and is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School with a Concentration in Christian Education and also completed the Certificate in Baptist Studies. He was ordained by the Guilford Educational and Missionary Association through the Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Pastor Long’s ministerial experience covers over 31 years of activity and includes currently serving as the Pastor of the Zion Baptist Church of Reidsville, North Carolina. He also serves as the 1st Vice Moderator of the Rowan Missionary Baptist Association, which includes over 100 member Churches. Previous ministerial experience includes serving as a Pastor in the High Point, Liberty, and Pelham North Carolina communities. His ministry is highlighted by dynamic preaching and teaching and fervent worship. He is a dedicated Pastor with a heart for serving Christ’s Church and a Christian Educator possessing a love and focus in the areas of Spiritual Formation, Christian Discipleship, and Christian Theology.
He has been actively involved in religious, community, and civic activities in the communities of which he has lived and served. He is deeply committed to outreach ministries that serve the needs of the disadvantaged and homeless persons. He serves as an Alumni Mentor in the MBARC (Men Begin Achieving Results Collectively) Program within The Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Pastor Long’s community and civic activities include serving on the Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the Early Childhood Education Endowment for the Rockingham County Partnership for Children, Inc. and the Board of Directors for the Reidsville Soup Kitchen. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board of The National Children Study in Rockingham County and the Rockingham County Healthy Carolinians Access to Health Care Workgroup. Previous civic involvement has included serving as a Member of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County; former Chief Judge of Voting Precinct G35C, Guilford County Board of Elections; and former Member of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic Advisory Board, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. He has worked as the Senior Software Developer – Billing and Cash Development Team Leader who managed a team responsible for the operation and technical design of a major multi-million dollar billing system in Winston Salem, NC.
Pastor Long has received a number of recognitions and awards for ministerial, community service, and academic scholarship, which include the Black Achievers in Industry and Business Award from the Winston Lake Family YMCA of Winston Salem, NC, the Key to the City Award from the Mayor and City Council of Reidsville, NC; a Dean Scholar, a National Leadership Scholar, and recipient of several Baptist scholarships at Duke Divinity School Duke University; and the Humanitarian and Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Pastor Long is married to the former Robin DeShazo of Danville, VA and they have two sons, Christopher Alan and Cameron Avery, and one daughter, Brittany Nicole.